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It was May 25th 1978 Terry Marker was on his usual patrol on campus at the University of Illinois This earmark package addressed to an engineering professor at Rensselaer from a material science professor at Northwestern was found in a parking lot What seemed like an insignificant misplaced parcel was about to start a reign of terror and the longest manhunt in US history Officer Marker retrieved the package and began to open it the crude triggering mechanism set off the device A flash of fire and smoke spewed towards Terrys face as the match heads ignited and the mystery package exploded This event sparked the most expensive manhunt in United States history ultimately costing upward to 50 million Douglas 31 The reasoning behind this initial attack and subsequent assaults was not known for sure until 15 years later in 1993 when the Unabombers anti- technology philosophy became public The Unabombers 18 year tirade against technology killed three people and maimed 23 others in a series of 16 attacks dating back to 1978 The Unabombers targets were universities and airlines thus the un and the a in the FBIs code name proponents of technology The Unabomber believes that the present industrial-technological society is narrowing the sphere of human freedom Unabomber 93 The crudeness of the Unabombers inaugural mail bomb attack was not an indication of what was to come The Unabombers devices became more sophisticated and deadly as his targets became more specific and focused The pressure vessels in his bombs were the most sophisticated ever seen by federal authorities Ewell 3 His later efforts were sometimes concealed in books and hand-carved boxes had all hancrafted parts carved of wood and metal he made his own pins screws and switches and sometimes had altimeter and barometric switches which would activate at precise altitudes in an airplane Bombs like the one planted outside of a computer store in Sacramento were
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